by Florian Flade
A new audio tape titled “Pause the Relief Work” by al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden has been released today by As-Sahab media wing of the terror network.
It deals with the recent flood tragedy in Pakistan was most likely recorded in August as Bin Laden is greeting the Muslim Ummah on the occasion of Ramadan.
“To the Muslim Ummah”, Bin Laden says in the beginning of the new audio tape, “I sent my greetings on the occasion of the blessed month of Ramadan – a month of Quran (…), a month of good deeds and Jihad”.
In the following, very unsual message, Osama Bin Laden warns about the lack of food due to global warming and climate change. He says Muslim regions are suffering also because useful acreage is fallow and left fallow by the Muslims. Large portions of Muslim countries could be used for agriculture and cattle farming, Bin Laden suggests.
For instance in Sudan, most parts of the country are not used in any way by farmers to feed the people. “The family of businessmen and traders should sent out their sons to work on the fields or in relief work” – Bin Laden says.
Global warming is destroying the ability of Muslim people to feed themselves with their own produced agricultural products. “This is a matter of life and death”, the al-Qaeda leader warns, “The number of victims caused by climate change is bigger than the number of victims caused by war.”
The Pakistani flood tragedy is also mentioned by Bin Laden. “The disaster is larger than it is portrayed”, the Saudi says, “”I pray to Allah to accept all those killed in the flood in Pakistan in his paradise.” He goes on, critizising the regimes of the region. They are spending more money on their military than on helping the flood victims, Bin Laden claims.
“The situation we are faced with is calling for generous souls and brave men to take action and provide relief work to their brothers and sisters in Pakistan.”
Osama Bin Laden´s new tape was clearly not meant as a 9/11-anniversary message. Instead it is the continuation of Bin Laden´s January tape in which he talked about climate change and globalization, calling for the replacement of the US-Dollar as the world´s No.1 currency. America´s economy has to come to a standstill, the al-Qaeda leader said in January, if we want to stop global warming.
Listen to the newest audio tape of Osama Bin Laden on Jihadology Blog here.